We all know about the dress. We know about the outrageous questions that came from the dress. And possibly we all know about the friendships lost over the indifference in color perception about said dress.
This single “not-even-nice” dress broke the Internet quicker than Kim K’s rear end, and if you didn’t share the dress on social media, you engaged in some sort of comment thread about it.
But what did this stupid dress teach us young people?
It taught us that we all, collectively as millennials, have our priorities painfully out of order. Why? Because we all engaged with the issue of the dress’s color. We wanted our voice to be heard about what we saw with our eyes, and we wanted to know why other people could not see what we saw.
Some millennials even took to advanced computer software to tell us what the colors were.
Rather than cite an endless list of issues that we similarly should be engaging in with equal vigor, I’ll leave the message at this:
WHY ON EARTH ARE WE MILLENNIALS NOT ENGAGING IN THE DAILY POLITICS OF OUR NATION (WHICH WILL EFFECT OUR EVERY DAY LIVES) LIKE WE JUST DID WITH A STUPID DRESS. THE COLOR OF THE DRESS DID NOT JUST DECIDE WHO EATS TODAY, AND IT DID NOT JUST DETERMINE YOUR STATE’S MINIMUM WAGE. IT DID NOT DETERMINE WHAT WOMEN CAN DO WITH THEIR BODIES. IT DID NOT DETERMINE WHERE POOR PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO LIVE. IT DID NOT DETERMINE WHO CAN LEGALLY LOVE WHO. IT DID NOT DETERMINE WHO HAS A SAY IN THEIR OWN SCHOOL SYSTEM.
BUT POLITICS DID AND YOU PROBABLY HAVE NO IDEA WHO EVEN REPRESENTS YOU IN YOUR STATE LEGISLATURE.
Please, for the love of all that is American, please, start engaging in political conversations. If you don’t, only a select few will, and as we have seen over and over again, they won’t speak for a voice they cannot hear. Political conversations are not and should not be regarded as taboo.